Ubuntu 18.04 - First Things First

Ubuntu 18.04 is not out yet, but that shouldn’t stop you. I installed an pre release in my secondary laptop and as far as I can every thing is cool except some apps (so far Nodejs) not having official repos for it. I only stick with LTS versions. As a result, I am jumping from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04.

I have been a huge Unity fan. My heart sank when Ubuntu officially notified that Unity will be discontinued. Now Ubuntu comes with the Gnome shell. Been a power user what irritates me is the difference in keyboard short cuts. I bet they can be customized but I don’t. I need to feel the pain.

This are the first few steps I followed setting up my laptop and what I think is important. I will update this article in time.


Once you install a Linux distribution, it is always a good idea to install any upgrades. I run this every few days at night.

~# sudo apt update
~# sudo apt dist-upgrade 


Ubuntu looks great out of the box, but we can make it personalized. Gnome Tweak Tool is a great tool that can help you customize the shell to your desire.

~# sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool


I lost apatite for the aging Ambiance GTK theme long time ago. Thankfully Ubuntu guys are developing a new theme named Communitheme which is a flat GTK theme with dark headers. Lets install that first.

~# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:communitheme/pp
~# sudo apt update
~# sudo apt install ubuntu-communitheme-session

Using the Unity Tweak Tool set the Applications to Communitheme. For a long time I have used the Numix Circle Icon Theme but since Saru comes with Comminitheme I am going to give it a chance. Here are a list of icon themes I find interesting.

Install 3rd Party Codecs

I normally do this when installing the OS because there is no point keeping it for later. We are going to at some point play media. These packages come in the ubuntu-restricted-extras

~# sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Night Light

Blue light in the night can interrupt with your sleep. Ubuntu 18.04 comes inbuilt with a night light plugin. You can setup a schedule for it to automatically turn on. I have done it from 10 PM to 6 AM.

Go to Settings > Devices > Night Light and configure it to your interest.

WIP: TODO: Some cool gnome plugins and Ubuntu Software